Founded in 2014, Yacht Harbour has now gone through nearly 3 years of rapid growth, packed with milestones and interesting events. In this list are 11 things about Yacht Harbour that are not widely known, but we thought were interesting enough to share.



#1 Yacht Harbour started as an Instagram channel

Even though Yacht Harbour's initial plan was to build a web platform for a marketplace of yachts for sale, the company started an Instagram account in August 2014 to get some sort of traction, ahead of the launch of its website in December of that year.

At a time when no yachting media companies were on the platform, the strategy proved successful and saw Yacht Harbour get to 10,000 followers in under 4 months. This, in turn, proved instrumental to getting the first users to Yacht Harbour.



#2 We power instant results for a Top 5 search engine

Another little known fact about Yacht Harbour is that the company's index powers an instant result snippet for search engine, DuckDuckGo. One of the 5 available search settings on an iPhone, DuckDuckGo is a search engine built with privacy in mind.

Any user searching for a particular yacht on the platform, will see on top of search results an image of the yacht with it's main specifications, which DuckDuckGo displays using an API built by Yacht Harbour on top of its database for the search engine.



#3 News coverage was first meant as a content marketing play

Even though our audience is now spread evenly across its superyacht marketplace and its news section, Yacht Harbour's editorial coverage was started only in October 2015 to act as a content marketing vehicle for its search platform.

Despite these plans, news coverage rapidly evolved and grew to serve the purposes of a true media company, which Yacht Harbour has since become. Stories broken by our news department are now often used as sources by international media such as the BBC, CNBC and others.



#4 We built a chat bot to answer any yachting question

Developed in a wave of growing excitement over chat bots, Brook became the first chat bot in yachting that used a combination of machine learning, natural language recognition and big data to answer any question related to yacht.

Although Brook was since retired due to a lack of users, Yacht Harbour did manage to build a working version, answering over 80% of asked questions. Its original interface can still be seen here. When live it was even accessible from the Telegram messaging platform.



#5 Our content can be found on Forbes and Business Insider

As part of its content distribution strategy, Yacht Harbour struck deals with Business Insider to distribute part of its English-language content and to contribute stories to the French and Russian versions of Forbes.

With news stories around yachting and articles trying to open up the field to a more general audience, this content was read over 2 million times so far in 2017.



#6 We ran a crowdfunding campaign in our first year

Far from today's peak of attention around ICOs, Yacht Harbour ran a crowdfunding campaign in 2015 as an experiment, ahead of the launch of its charter marketplace to offer heavily discounted deals and lifetime advantages for participants.

Through the campaign, Yacht Harbour raised just under $3,000 from a series of contributors. The value of some the items offered then by Yacht Harbour has grown over 1,000x today.



#7 We get 10 million impressions of our content every month

Having rapidly grown from the 23 visitors Yacht Harbour on the day of it's launch, the company's combined channels now reach over 10 million impressions every month. This figure includes Yacht Harbour's website traffic, social media reach and audience on third-party platforms.



#8 There are sometimes easter eggs on Yacht Harbour

Sometimes overtaken by the holiday spirit, Yacht Harbour's homepage can sometimes change to adopt a special skin for limited times as seen above. So far, the company has dressed up its website for Halloween, Christmas and New Year's Eve but other events may soon be coming.



#9 One million minutes are spent watching Yacht Harbour's videos monthly

Playing an increasingly important role for any media company, videos have been a key to Yacht Harbour's success as well with over 800 days worth of videos being watched on our platform every month. The latest Black Pearl video alone reached over 3 million impressions on our network.



#10 Our Facebook page outranks its nearest competition 10 to 1

Owing much of its success to social media, Yacht Harbour has always tried to dominate the space in the superyacht sector and Facebook is currently the most reflective of this paradigm. Whereas Yacht Harbour gets 36,500 engagements on its page every week, the nearest competition currently sits at 3,300 engagements per week.



#11 It took us over 20,000 hours to build the Timeline platform

A major step forward in yacht search, Yacht Harbour's Timeline platform was launched in May 2017 after over 20,000 hours of research. The platform, compared to a Bloomberg terminal for yachting, lets its subscribers track the market in real time, discover the story behind any yacht and find the best deals on the market with big data.

Photos by Julien Hubert

Latest News

40-metre superyacht Viatoris delivered by Conrad
In May, 2018 YachtHarbour reported that 40-metre superyacht Viatoris was launched by Conrad Shipyard. Now, Polish boatbuilder Conrad Shipyard has delivered its largest yacht to date, the 40-metre superyacht Viatoris. After development period and a building time of two years, the Conrad C133 named Viatoris, will be not only the largest yacht to-date for the Conrad Shipyard, but also the largest luxury motoryacht ever built in Poland. She will be premiered at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018. Viatoris is set to leave Poland to head north to the fjords of Norway. She will then make stops at other northern European cities before proceeding to her base in Croatia.Reymond Langton Design was commissioned by Conrad Shipyard to create this graceful 40-meter luxury yacht for an experienced yachtsman and repeat client of the yard. The design brief was for an elegant, yet aggressive vessel that has modern and unique lines, which will remain timelessly stylish. Built to the highest Northern European standards, she features finest luxury interiors and a layout with elements of a much larger yacht. Conrad Shipyard is pleased to announce that this harmonious marriage between the prestigious design by Britain’s Reymond Langton and proven naval architecture by Diana Yacht Design of the Netherlands, in partnership with Conrad Shipyard’s world class Polish engineering and craftsmanship, is now offered as a semi-custom model.With a focus on safety, quality, and efficiency, this full-displacement luxury motor yacht was engineered to meet the most demanding technical and safety standards of Lloyd’s Register and MCA. Built with a robust steel hull and a light aluminum superstructure, we worked with the most trusted specialists, consultants, and surveyors, using only the best equipment available. The result is a luxury yacht that can safely, efficiently, and comfortably cross the Atlantic while being operated by a relatively small crew.Luxury and highest quality has been the guiding theme throughout this outstanding vessel, and the interior design and finishing are no different. Designed by Conrad Shipyard’s in-house design team in close cooperation with the owner, the interiors boast finest materials and elegant yet understated design details, which are both aesthetic and functional. Decorations were sourced from Europe’s top design houses in London, Milan, and Paris. Conrad Shipyard’s design team happily works directly with the owner, or designer of choice, to create custom interiors to meet our clients’ vision.Viatoris will be presented at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018.Check our Timeline platform to get the full access to our analytics platform, that offers you a detailed report on the timeline of each superyacht, real time market view to see the yacht market developing and much more!
77-metre superyacht Go delivered by Turquoise Yachts
Following the recent successful launch of the 53-metre superyacht Tala,Turquoise Yachts is proud to announce the successful delivery of Go (ex. project NB63). In January, 2017 YachtHarbour has announced that 77m in-build Turquoise project sold. In March, 2017, Turquoise transfered its 77m project to Istanbul Shipyard for final outfitting. Finally, in March, 2018, 77-metre yacht Go was launched by Turquoise. The yacht was sold to her European owners by Burgess, which means its their fifth collaboration with Turquoise. Previous four new build projects were also introduced by Burgess.Go becomes the largest yard's yacht to date. At 77m/ 253ft, Go is designed by London-based H2 Design for an European owner and is a leading-edge new generation yacht. Her design is based on the platform of 72-meter Vicky. European owner bought the yacht project already at a construction period in the early 2017.Completed in record timeFollowing the completion of the hull and superstructure, Go was launched in just 12 months and delivered only 3 months after that. Go is result of a collaboration between Turquoise and H2 Yacht Design, who are responsible for its exterior design and it is an evolution of multiple awards winner of 2013 - 72-metre Vicky built by the yard in 2012. Go is an refined version of this elegant yacht with a modern twist. Well proportioned and graceful, she is the largest yacht designed and built by Turquoise.Although a familiarity is noticeable, her profile is more sleek, clean and incorporates a stretched arch that runs all the way round the aft of the vessel. Furthermore the extra length and increase in the beam made possible to add an additional deck. This makes possible a spacious owners deck with a forward facing suite with uninterrupted views over the bow and access to a private deck area with jacuzzi.Go departed the shipyard for her maiden voyage, and will be cruising the Mediterranean this summer. Stunning, luxurious, and comfortable, Turquoise Yachts’ flagship vessel coincidentally sports a sharp-looking hull-painted a memorable turquoise! Other key features include a sundeck with 5m pool and a stunning beach club (162 square meters) aft with triple aspect and direct access to the sea for the ultimate in contemporary living. The tender garage can store 2 luxury tenders, one up to 10 meters limousine tender and one up to 8 meters. There is also the elevator from garage/galley to the sundeck.The interior is also done by H2 Yacht Design. Accommodation on board is up to 18 guests. Crew quarters is up to 20 people, with their two lounger and personal gym. From the grand lobby there is an option of using an elegant staircase or a full sized elevator. On the main deck a substantial main salon and dining room offer an area where all the guests can get together for more formal events in the evenings, or for cold climate socializing. The guest suites are forward on this deck offering maximum comfort and large hull windows. Some of the suites can be interconnected.Go will make her world debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September. Check our Timeline platform to get the full access to our analytics platform, that offers you a detailed report on the timeline of each superyacht, real time market view to see the yacht market developing and much more!
48-metre superyacht concept Nava Nera
A design that is asymmetrical in nature. The 48-metre superyacht concept by Aras Kazar is represented by clean sharp lines, incorporating surfaces such as black walnut-wood-planks, a high gloss black hull with a raised matte snakeskin design, with raised glass sides and edges accentuated by gold.Nave Nera is designed to reach a maximum speed of 40 knots; characterized by a wider body and lower centre gravity which provides more stability even on rough seas. This superyacht concept is to be equipped with three engines that can generate up to 8,200 horsepower.The convertible front deck provides great aerodynamics and offers protection to the Jacuzzi area during the ride. The front deck unfolds and disappears into the deck with a push of a button.Inside layout includes two guest cabins, a master cabin and crew cabin, all very spacious in size. The interior design is dramatic yet clean and simple, soft Italian leathers mix with European upholstery and touches of gold.
85-metre superyacht O'Ptasia delivered by Golden Yachts
Previously, YachtHarbour has announced that 85-metre O'Ptasia was launched in Greece and completed her sea trials in Aegean. Now, The 85 metre superyacht O’Ptasia has been delivered in Greece. O’Ptasia joined the list of the top 200 largest superyachts in the world. Studio Vafiadis is responsible for interior and exterior design, with naval architecture by N Hellas.O’Ptasia can accommodate guests in 11 cabins - 3 twin and 8 double cabins, including an owner’s suite on upper deck of 95 square meters with 180-degree views and 85 square meters VIP suite with a private cinema room. Other key features on board O’Ptasia include a large beach club complete with wellness and spa centre, an elevator servicing all decks, and a fully equipped gym on the bridge deck. The central superyacht elevator provides quick access between all four decks, while the foredeck helipad allows guests to arrive in style. Tender garage includes 3 Seadoos, a 6-metre Novurania catamaran, a 4.4-metre Avon RIB and 8-metre Chris Craft tender and a lot of water toys. Powered with twin 3,386hp Caterpillar engines with a top speed of 16 knots, while the built-in stabiliser system should ensure a smooth cruising experience, both underway and at anchor. O'Ptasia will be available for charter through Atalanta Golden Yachts starting from €800,000 per week.Timeline
31-metre superyacht Francesca launched by CCN for an American owner
Following the launch of 40 m M/Y Kanga, a few days ago another mega yacht hit the water – M/Y Francesca, the sixth craft in CCN’s successful line of CCN 102’ Flyingsport yachts, to be delivered to an American Owner.This 31 m boat in composite material can boast very slender lines and a skilful, balanced mix of style and functionality, combining the characteristics of a flying bridge yacht with the sporty features and high speed typical of large open yachts.The metallic light-champagne colour shade endows the hull with elegance and a strong personality – the same that can be found in the interiors designed by Tommaso Spadolini, who perfectly interpreted the taste and wishes of an Owner particularly keen on design.The layout is the classical American one, with a spacious open country kitchen located on the main deck. This area is extremely bright thanks to the wide glazed surfaces of the salon letting in plenty of natural light, and to the skylight above the central dining table, which can be shaded by an electrically-driven liquid-crystal film. The furniture of the main deck also includes a comfortable custom-made sofa.Across the yacht, the furniture and furnishings combine classical style and ‘bolder’ solutions, overlaying and alternating different materials, like sycamore and dark wood, glass and satin metal. Other materials also include a wide range of leathers, supplied by Marine Leather, obtained through different procedures (braided, smooth, pleated) and coming in different colour shades. In the full-beam master cabin, located on the lower deck, for instance, dark, lacquered colours alternate with lighter and brighter ones. The marbled sycamore wood on the walls is interrupted brightly-coloured fabric panels by Pierre Frey and is stylishly combined with the soft colour shades of C&C fabrics.Great care has also been devoted to the selection of furniture, which is entirely custom-made and carefully designed to use lightened materials, so as to ensure no impact on the yacht’s 40-knot required speed performance.Conceived for cruising in tropical seas, Francesca can boast an over-23 sq. m flybridge equipped with an easily removable awning and ensuring great comfort thanks to an icemaker, a barbecue, and a high-performing custom-made refrigerator. Indoor, a tropical air-conditioning system (248,000 Btu) will ensure the ideal temperature at all times.Onboard technologies also include a state-of-the-art home automation system that fully integrates the two MTU 16V2000 M96L engines, the modern steering system, and all onboard utilities.Another peculiar feature of this outstanding boat is her limited draught (1.20 m), allowing to move safely and quickly even in the shallow American waters, as explicitly required by the Owner.Francesca can also rely on a 4.40 m Williams water-jet tender.After cruising the Mediterranean Sea during the summer, the yacht will be presented as a world première at the Cannes Yachting Festival, to be held from 11 to 16 September.Timeline